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Week 14 Game Recap: Philadelphia Eagles 43, Los Angeles Rams 35

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Philadelphia Eagles

While the Eagles had an impressive outpouring of success offensively, the mood quickly soured when it was identified that Carson Wentz will be lost for the season as he tore his ACL in the fourth quarter while scrambling for a touchdown. Prior to this injury, the passing game was clicking on all cylinders as the Eagles utilized both Brent Celek and Trey Burton to fill in for Zach Ertz and they did so in a major way accounting for three of the Eagles four passing touchdowns. In the running game, it appears that Jay Ajayi is starting to take over the running back group as he had 15 of the 28 running back carries.

Los Angeles Rams

The Rams leaned heavily on Todd Gurley early in this game and then found themselves forced to throw the ball and rely on deep plays for most of the game as they were not able to consistently sustain drives in this game. While scoring 35 points, the Rams had just 43 offensive plays as the Rams had just one first down on drives that did not result in touchdowns. Cooper Kupp was tremendous in this game as he lined up all over the field and was able to have a big game set up by a 64-yard reception. The Rams on non-touchdown drives only had one first down thus limiting their total plays and their total yardage numbers as they either scored a touchdown or they went three and out on most drives.

Philadelphia Eagles

QB Carson Wentz, 68 offensive snaps, Pass: 23 - 41 - 291 - 4 TD / 1 INT, Rush: 3 - 16 - 0
Wentz was having another very good game this week throwing for four touchdowns, but the play that everyone is talking about is Wentz trying to scramble for a touchdown and he took a low hit. While he stayed in the game, he went to the locker room almost immediately after the drive.

QB Nick Foles, 23 offensive snaps, Pass: 6 - 10 - 42 - 0 TD / 0 INT, Rush: 1 - 9 - 0
While we were hoping not to have to mention Nick Foles' name except for maybe Week 17 when the Eagles rested their players, here we are. Foles came in during the fourth quarter and really was not asked to push the ball down the field as while he threw the ball 10 times he only had 4.2 yards per attempt. It's tough to get a grasp as far as how Foles will do in this offense due to a small sample size, but he was more of a game manager and leaned on the run when he came in this game.

RB Jay Ajayi, 43 offensive snaps, Rush: 15 - 78 - 0, Rec: 1 - 2 - 0 (2 targets)
It appears that Jay Ajayi is starting to separate himself from the rest of the running backs in Philadelphia and could be forced to take on a big role with Carson Wentz out. Ajayi was on the field for 51% of the plays while showing some burst that LeGarrette Blount has not been able to consistently provide. Ajayi had three carries that went for 10 or more yards in this game and while he was unable to find the end-zone ended the day with 5.2 yards per carry.

RB LeGarrette Blount, 15 offensive snaps, Rush: 7 - 12 - 0, Rec: 2 - 11 - 0 (2 targets)
Blount was largely a non-factor in this game as he averaged just 1.7 yards per carry and was stuffed at the goal line on his one goal-line attempt from the half-yard line. Blount appears to be falling out of favor for this Eagles team.

WR Nelson Agholor, 77 offensive snaps, Rec: 8 - 64 - 0 (11 targets)
Nelson Agholor after several big weeks was heavily targeted once again but much like most of the Eagles passing game, they decided to create a game plan that would feature Agholor and Jeffery in the short routes while taking their deep shots with Torrey Smith. Agholor played more of a traditional slot receiver role instead of running the deep slot routes as he faced a tough matchup against Nickell Robey-Coleman in this game.

WR Torrey Smith, 67 offensive snaps, Rec: 6 - 100 - 0 (11 targets)
Torrey Smith was heavily utilized as the Eagles for the first time in several weeks utilized Smith as a deep threat after several weeks of utilizing him in underneath routes or not at all. Smith's day was largely setup by a 46-yard gain before half-time in which Smith caught the ball 20-yards down the field and was able to zig-zag his way for an additional 26 yards before finally being brought down.

WR Alshon Jeffery, 86 offensive snaps, Rec: 5 - 52 - 1 (11 targets)
Jeffery was heavily targeted in this game as he had 11 targets, but as we have seen at times this season a lot of the targets were forced targets thus lowering his completion rate. Alshon caught just five of his eleven targets and most of the receptions were short yardage completions with the exception of a deep-out for 15 yards. Jeffery's best reception of the day might also be his luckiest of the season as his one-yard touchdown was intended for Nelson Agholor with Jeffery standing behind Agholor the pass was misguided and Agholor was not able to catch it, but Jeffery reacted quickly and contorted his body back to the football to make the catch which took a significant amount of focus and coordination to hang onto the ball before it hit the ground.

TE Trey Burton, 48 offensive snaps, Rec: 5 - 71 - 2 (6 targets)
Trey Burton did a tremendous job filling in for Zach Ertz this week as he was able to find the end-zone twice in this game and continued to show the speed and agility that has so many people excited about Burton when he is given the opportunity. What made it even more exciting is that both of Burton's touchdowns were in heavily contested that Burton was able to go up and make the catch.

Los Angeles Rams

QB Jared Goff, 48 offensive snaps, Pass: 16 - 26 - 199 - 2 TD / 0 INT, Rush: 2 - 2 - 0
Jared Goff never looked comfortable in this game as the game was somewhat choppy even though the score was as high as it was. Goff threw the ball just 26 times in this game and did not have great success other than to Cooper Kupp which a lot of this was set up with yards after the catch. The Eagles made it tough for the Rams to get anything going in this game as they largely took away the deep shots once they got the lead and forced the Rams to beat them underneath. When Goff had time he was able to consistently deliver the ball accurately an did not turn the ball over until late in the game which resulted in the game-clinching touchdown for the Eagles.

RB Todd Gurley, 45 offensive snaps, Rush: 13 - 96 - 2, Rec: 3 - 39 - 0 (5 targets)
If you look at Todd Gurley's overall stats you should be very happy as the running back had a huge day running the ball and looked terrific. Gurley's best play was on his first carry of this game as less than two minutes into the game the Rams faked the end-around to Tavon Austin and then pitched it out to Gurley who was able to use his speed to get around the corner and tight-rope along the sideline avoiding going out of bounds until the one-yard line. Gurley was able to finish the drive shortly after as he carried two defenders into the end-zone. In the fourth-quarter Gurley was able to take an off-tackle handoff from the nine-yard line and get to the pylon for a second touchdown. Most of Gurley's success in this game came on counter plays or off-tackle runs as the Rams tried to utilize the speed and size of Gurley instead of having him go up the middle against this very tough Eagles defensive line. The problem for Gurley if there was one this week was the game script, as he only ran the ball 13 times in this game largely due to the Rams falling behind early and the Rams abandoning the run in the second and third quarters of this game as they tried to catch back up.

WR Cooper Kupp, 45 offensive snaps, Rec: 5 - 118 - 1 (7 targets)
Cooper Kupp continues to lead this wide receiving group with the injury of Robert Woods as he had a huge day this week going over 100 yards and scoring his first touchdown in six weeks. Kupp showed off his elusiveness as he lined up out of the slot and caught a simple out route for 10 yards, but was able to duck under his first defender and then juke the second defender before finally being boxed in and brought down for a gain of 64-yards. Kupp was able to finish the drive on a play in which he lined up on the outside on a pivot route in which he started to cut inside only to stop and then cut back outside and carry the defender for a nine-yard touchdown.

WR Sammy Watkins, 45 offensive snaps, Rec: 3 - 21 - 1 (7 targets)
Watkins was largely underutilized in this game as outside of a one-yard touchdown that was setup by a rub route from Cooper Kupp, Watkins did not have a lot of success going up against a good Eagles secondary. Watkins was on the field for every offensive snap as he has been over the last two weeks, it was just the Eagles often double-teamed the receiver forcing Cooper Kupp to beat them.

TE Tyler Higbee, 34 offensive snaps
Tyler Higbee was held without a catch and without a target in this game even though he was on the field for 76% of the plays in this game.